Double dream: 'Let's bring the good times back to Grimsby Town,' says Rob Scott
GRIMSBY Town’s bosses are determined to “bring good times back to the club” – in both league and cup.
The Mariners eased into the Third Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Havant & Waterlooville.
With their last-16 opponents to be decided in today’s draw, joint manager Rob Scott says the players have a golden opportunity to achieve something special this season.
And Friday’s return to league action against fellow title-chasers Wrexham provides another chance to put some smiles on Mariners fans’ faces before Christmas.
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“We’ll take whoever it is in the next round of the Trophy because it could potentially be a big day out for us at the end of it and that’s what we want,” Scott said.
“We want to bring good times back to the football club, and if it’s the FA Trophy alongside our league campaign, we’ll take that, because winning breeds confidence.
“We certainly didn’t want to go out of the competition and then have an inquiry as to why we went out, with everyone being doom and gloom again.
“Everyone went away after watching a good game and a comfortable win with some good performances.
“Now we’re looking forward to Wrexham on Friday, where we hope we get a significant crowd through the gates to cheer us on.”
An Andy Cook brace and a ‘Pearson double’ – from defender Shaun and striker Greg – was enough to see off the Conference South Hawks at Blundell Park.
Scott revealed that he and co-manager Paul Hurst employed some unusual motivation techniques to avoid any complacency.
“We highlighted a few things before the game,” he explained. “There was a big sign that went up on the door just before the players left the changing rooms to come out for the game.
“It said on it a few points, which were ‘five games from Wembley’ and ‘a 500-mile round-trip on Tuesday if you draw’.
“There was also talk of what sort of crowd would come from Grimsby if we got to Wembley, and some of the players were surprised that we could take 20,000-plus – I don’t think they realised the potential.
“The other thing was that they could emulate something that York City did last year, and that was to win on two fronts.
“Sometimes you can talk and talk about football and they take it in, but it gets forgotten. We really wanted to highlight those points.
“The biggest thing for me was the prospect of a 500-mile round-trip tomorrow night with a game coming up on Friday – that’s motivation enough to get the win.
“We’re four games away from Wembley now and that’s a massive incentive.
“We’ll concentrate on the next Trophy game when it comes around but we’re pleased that we got through and put in a very competent performance.”